Fluid Analysis

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Good Care of Your Machinery Means Good Technology

When it comes to the care and maintenance of your new, used, or rental heavy equipment, it’s important to invest in regular routine maintenance, as well as preventative maintenance. Technology plays a vital role in this, since it can be used to gauge the health of your machinery more accurately and completely, and tell you about how your maintenance plan is doing and what needs more attention.

Wagner Equipment Co. is your Caterpillar dealer with locations in Colorado, New Mexico, and far west Texas. We offer new, used, and rental heavy equipment, for use in construction, industry, forestry, mining, agriculture, and more. Our mission is to ensure your needs are taken care of, from finding the right Cat machinery or attachment for your needs, to making sure it stays running with minimal downtime — and we utilize technology and fluids analysis to do so. Reach out to one of our locations to get started today!

Benefits of Fluid Analysis

Proactive maintenance reduces costs and helps prevent major breakdowns

Helps extend the life of your heavy equipment

Reduces unplanned repairs

Helps identify the root cause of issues and problems

Maximizes the life of your lubricants

Helps maintain the resale value of your machinery

And more!

What Is Fluid Analysis?

Part of effective machine maintenance is Scheduled Oil Sampling (SOS) and Fluids Analysis — for oil and coolant.

Regular fluids analysis is the analysis of your Cat machine engine’s oil, as well as the fluids from other components, like hydraulics, transmission, final drive and cooling systems. It offers a clear picture of the inner workings of your machinery. Fluids analysis works by first taking a sample of the oil, coolant, or fuel. The sample is then tested to confirm it is retaining its protective characteristics, and to detect and measure levels of any contaminants present, such as metals or other debris. The data is recorded and then used to help discover where minor leaks and wear and tear could be lurking. This can help you repair these areas of your heavy equipment before they become problems down the road.

The Nitty-Gritty Details of Fluid Analysis

In addition to detecting and measuring levels of contaminants in your fluids, our analysis process also checks quality factors, such as:

  • Total Base Number (TBN): This test tells you the level of alkaline additives in your machinery’s oil. Additives are necessary in machinery to help prevent the component parts from wearing down prematurely. However, additives are used up as your equipment runs, which helps to make them ineffective, especially during the combustion process.
  • Total Acid Number (TAN): This test tells you the level of the acids in your machinery’s oil. It is desirable that the TBN be higher than the TAN number.
  • Oil Viscosity: Viscosity is the thickness of a substance, which tells you how quickly it flows. In general, the higher the viscosity, the better heavy equipment and machinery is able to handle temperature extremes and pressure changes.
  • Coolant Chemical Balance: This test makes sure the coolants in your heavy equipment are at a healthy level. They test the glycol and pH levels, which can tell performance and other metrics.

Why Is Fluid Analysis Important?

Analyzing fluids of your heavy equipment on a regular basis gives you valuable insight into the internal condition of critical (and most expensive to fix) components. By doing so, you can ensure small problems are kept from growing into big ones. By utilizing Wagner’s Fluid Analysis Lab, equipment repairs can often be forecasted, and the downtime to complete them planned for. Our experienced team can help ensure the proper functioning and the longevity of your heavy equipment, so you’re not left in a lurch due to unplanned downtime. In fact, you’ll increase your productivity and have a higher-quality piece of equipment overall.

Call (303) 739-3165 for more information.

Wagner Equipment Co.
Fluids Analysis Lab
18000 Smith Rd.
Aurora, CO

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Choose Wagner Equipment Co. Today

Wagner Equipment Co. is your comprehensive Caterpillar dealer for Colorado, New Mexico, and far west Texas. We aim to take care of your needs from the moment you inquire about a piece of new, used, or rental heavy equipment to the moment you no longer own one. Heavy machinery takes a lot to keep running, from regular maintenance to repairs and service. Fluids analysis can help simplify this effort. Our team is here to ensure your machinery is managed to reduce downtime, and when repairs are needed, they are done as efficiently as possible.

Fluids analysis is just one of the tools we use in our quest to optimize the reliability, fuel efficiency and performance of your heavy equipment. We also offer Cat parts online, so you can order all of the spare parts you need for your heavy equipment and have them delivered to your door. We offer VisionLink for the construction industry, which uses telematics to help you monitor your assets and manage your fleet. Our partner SITECH Rocky Mountain offers a variety of construction technology solutions, surveying equipment rentals, and machine control systems to help you be more efficient on the job site. Plus, Caterpillar has been on the cutting edge of technology for decades, investing heavily to continually improve your heavy machinery and its care and management.

If you are looking to partner with Wagner and Caterpillar for all of your new, used, and heavy equipment needs, contact one of our Wagner locations today!

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